- Area: 107 km² (41.3 sq mi)
- Calling Code: +380652
- Currency: Hryvnia (UAH)
- Population (EST): 340,600
- Official language: Ukrainian
- Time Zone: EET (UTC+2)
Simferopol – Getting Around
Both international and domestic airlines fly in and out of Simferopol. Ukraine International Airlines have a daily morning and evening flight from Kiev and all other flights arrive straight into Simferopol International Airport. The airport is 30 minutes away from the town centre and can be reached by a trolleybus which can be found straight across from the airport, although taxi drivers will insist they are the only means on transport into the town. Trolleybus number 9 will take you from the Simferopol airport to the train station where visitors can then pick up another bus, train or taxi to any destination.
The use of buses has become the most popular means of transport around Simferopol. There are several bus stations throughout the city that travel to all parts of the town. The Crimean trolleybus travels between Simferopol and Yalta and is the longest line in the world, travelling a total of 86km in one journey. The most popular type of minibus is known as the ‘marshutka’, taking passengers to any destination for 2 UAH.
Many attractions and sites are located close by in the town centre and so travelling around the town by foot is a great way to explore the city. Those wanting to embrace Simferopol’s beauty will appreciate journeying by foot through the city’s infamous picturesque parks and routes along the Salhir River.
Taxis are a more expensive means of transport but a faster and more convenient one. Drivers rarely speak much English; however it is essential that a price for your journey is agreed on before moving off. Visitors may find that phoning a company and pre-booking a taxi may save money, although generally a single journey to any destination will cost somewhere between 30 – 50 UAH.
Crimea’s main railway station is situated in Simferopol which makes travelling around or out of the city easy. The elektrichka is another type of train that is generally faster and costs 5 UAH per journey. However, if booking a journey in August, tickets run out fast and so passengers may have to pay up to 3 times the price for a first-class ticket.